A native of Seoul, Korea, Jaimie Lee Mendoes started her musical studies with the piano at a very young age with the help of her mother, who was a pianist and composer. Later, at 8, she ventured out to the flute. After a few years of study, she was admitted to the prestigious Yewon School of the Arts and moved onto Seoul Arts High School. At the age of 13, she had her debut performance with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra playing Devienne’s Flute Concerto No. 8 during the philharmonic’s tour in Korea.
Then, when she was 15 years old, her mother, the most beloved person and the biggest supporter of her, passed away. She had to stop all of her musical studies because of this family tragedy and moved on to a college majoring in journalism and communication and gave music up completely.
At 20, Jaimie came to the United States to study abroad. During her second year in the States, she was introduced to Maria Tamburrino, the principal flute of the San Jose Symphony. With Ms. Tamburrino’s financial help and steady mentoring, Jaimie picked the flute up again and was able to transfer to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied with Jill Felber, to earn her Bachelor of music degree. While she was at UCSB, she was one of the concerto competition winners and was featured as a solo performer with the UCSB symphony orchestra.
In 2008, Jaimie participated in Marrowstone Music Festival and played Principal Flute under the baton of Alastair Willis, the current music director of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She performed in a master class with Brad Garner and Susan Hoeppner at Julius Baker Flute Master Classes in 2009. She also performed in masterclasses with Marianne Gedigian, Lyone Buyse, and Christina Jennings.
In the spring of 2012, Jaimie completed the Artists Certificate program at Azusa Pacific University under the tutelage of famous flute pedagogue and former L.A. Philharmonic Principal Flutist James Walker on a full scholarship. Currently she is a co-founder of J Concert Artists, a musical organization dedicated to producing high quality concerts at a low cost for all southern Californians.
Jaimie is also passionate about the field of language learning and has an active online English teaching studio. She currently teaches many students all across the country, helping them overcome the difficulties of learning English. In July of 2014, Jaimie started volunteering for LiNK: Liberty in North Korea, helping North Korean refugees learn English. Since then Jaimie has expanded her activities to include running a Saturday school at the Arise Mission Church, the only North Korean church in the United States. This has been a very rewarding experience for her, and she hopes to be able to help many more North Koreans in the future.